Simon Partington (Co-President)
Simon is a partner with Richardson GMP. His area of focus is the portfolio management and asset allocation for clientele. Simon assists the broader financial team in retirement income planning, tax planning and insurance strategies. He focuses much of his time with entrepreneurs, professionals and group benefits & health care plans for small to medium size businesses. Simon is from Woodstock, NB and graduated from Saint Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, double majoring in Finance and Small Business & Entrepreneurship. At Saint Mary’s, Simon was a member of the Board of Governors, Student Body President and Class Valedictorian. Simon is insurance licensed, a Registered Investment Advisor and has earned the finance designations, CFP and CIM.
Originally from Toronto, Peter has made Halifax his home for the past ten years, and has strong ties to each region. Workforce development has been the focus of his career, spanning executive search and recruitment, economic development, MBA career services, and consulting with cities to attract and retain young professionals. As Vice President, People with T4G, his role is to ensure that the organization wins the talent war for the most innovative technology and business professionals. Peter has been heavily involved in the community, including his role as founding Chair of FUSION Halifax. He has served on the board of Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia, and is currently on the boards of Easter Seals Nova Scotia and Digital Nova Scotia.
Melissa is a proud East Coaster from Halifax, Nova Scotia. She relocated to the great city of Toronto in 2011 after embracing a career growth opportunity with Canada’s largest fitness chain, GoodLife Fitness. With ten years experience in the Health & Wellness industry, having held leadership positions in Sales Management, Marketing and Public Relations, Melissa currently serves as a Senior Manager & National Marketing Liaison within GoodLife’s Business Development Department. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations with Certificate in Marketing (High Distinction, Co-Operative Education), and is working towards completion of her MBA (part-time). She is an active member of the Women’s Executive Network (WXN, Toronto). Alongside like-minded Atlantic Canadians living and working in Toronto, Melissa looks forward to positively impacting ECC’s vision for growth.
Katie is a born-and-bred East Coaster from Halifax, Nova Scotia. After working in the Pharmaceutical industry for several years, she has recently relocated to downtown Toronto to continue her career with the global BioPharma company, Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS.) With over ten years experience in Medical Devices, Public Relations, Territory Management, and Pharmaceutical Sales, she is enthusiastic about networking in Toronto with her fellow East Coasters. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations (Highest Distinction, Co-Operative Education) and looks forward to excelling in her career and leading a major BioPharma company someday. Overall Katie is looking forward to enhancing the East Coast Connected (ECC) Board of Directors team and welcoming all members who “talk-funny” and say “hi” openly to strangers within the GTA.
James is originally from Fredericton, New Brunswick and is a graduate of both University of New Brunswick and Western University. He moved to Toronto in 2012 where he works for BMO Capital Markets in there Trading Products group. Prior to joining the board of ECC, while a grad student at Western University, James was the Chair of the MITACS Student Advisory Committee. He continues to be actively involved in recruiting students and recent graduates into the Financial Services industry.